Personal stories of the El Tour de Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- A team of diabetic bicyclists made a stop at a children's hospital and offered hope and inspiration to the ill.

Members of  "Team Type One" met with diabetic children at the Diamond Children's Hospital. The riders are in town for this weekend's El Tour de Tucson.

This is the third year that the team is participating in El Tour which is this Saturday.

More than 10,000 cyclists are expected to ride in Saturday's race.  Everyone has their own reason, whether it be completing a goal, staying physically fit or something much more personal.

One man is hoping his ride can make a difference in the life of his 4-year-old son.

For the past three decades, a father and son have been spreading the story of team Hoyt.

Rick Hoyt has cerbral palsy.

His father Dick pushes him in a wheelchair in marathons and triathalons across the country.

"My son is 4 and a half.  He has CP, very similar to Rick Hoyt," said Steve King.

Their story inspired Tucsonan Steve King.  He's president of a non-profit called My Team Triumph Southern Arizona.

"It's a ride a long program for disabled athletes and getting disabled athletes involved in endurance races," said King.

On Saturday Steve will ride his fourth Tour de Tucson, but this year he'll be wearing his "My Team Triumph" gear.

"Come race time we're, going to have our jerseys.  We'll probably have some banners out there and bunch of people cheering us on," said King.

The goal is to raise awareness about athletic opportunities for people with disablities.

"It's just a way to show people that yes they can do it and those kids are just like any other kids and they want to be out there participating," said King.

Steve even hopes to one day ride with his son in the Tour de Tucson, much like Team Hoyt. It's a goal that will keep him pedaling to the finish line.

The tour's 111 mile course kicks off at 7 A.M. at Armory Park.

Many interections around the Tucson Metro area will be shut down.  Drivers should expect delays.